Learn how to make your own homemade Earl Grey Tea Infused Bourbon with this quick & easy tutorial! Impress friends & family with unique specialty cocktails and DIY gift bottles of this lovely flavored whiskey.
Taste the bourbon. The infusion of tea should mellow out some of the harshness of the whiskey and leave a nice aroma, but don’t be surprised if you can’t exactly identify the flavor of tea if you aren’t an experienced taste tester. As long as you like the flavor, strain the Earl Grey Tea Infused Bourbon into airtight bottles and store in a cool dark place until use. If you think the bourbon needs more time, infuse for another 6-12 hours, checking occasionally.
Choosing Your Whiskey: For infusions, I recommend purchasing a mild bourbon whiskey you (or your gift recipient) like the taste of. It should be drinkable, but not anything particular special or expensive. For my experiments, I used Maker’s Mark (it was on sale!), but Bulliet or anything in a similar price range would be just fine. Just avoid anything truly on the bottom shelf or that already has special flavoring added (unless you want to experiment).
Choosing Your Tea: I used Twinning’s Earl Grey Tea with Lavender for my infusions, as I love the aroma. The better tea you use, I’m sure the nicer taste you will get, but I dislike using top quality tea when I know it will be diluted by the liquor. Use the quality your budget allows – or whatever you already love in your kitchen.